How to Sync Contacts from iPad to iPhone 12/11/Xs/Xs Max/Xr

You have just purchased your new iPhone 11. The device is new which obviously means that no contacts are available on the device. However, you have your old iPad that has all the contacts you need. As a busy person, you probably don’t have the time to take your new iPhone and your iPad and start saving every contact you have on the iPad to the iPhone.

The first thing that you will ask yourself is, “is it possible to move all the contacts I have on my iPad to my iPhone Xs Max in one go?”

The first option that you may think of is to sync contacts from iPad to iPhone. In this article, we plan on actually showing you how you can sync contacts between iPhone and iPad. Maybe you have never synced your contacts between the iPad and the iPhone before. Right now, you might be wondering whether this is something that anyone else has ever done before. Let’s answer your question below.

Part 1: Can I Share Contacts between iPad and iPhone (Including 12/11)?

It is possible to share your contacts between your iPad and your iPhone including the latest versions. This is what we are calling syncing. It is possible to utilize both Apple services (iTunes and iCloud) to sync contacts between iPad and iPhone. Also, iOS device users have been able to use third-party tools to sync contacts from iPhone to iPad.

We will focus on showing you how to use both of them. We will outline the pros and cons of both methods in order to help you make an informed decision when selecting your preferred method.

Part 2: How to Sync Contacts between iPhone and iPad (Traditional)

We will start by showing you how to sync contacts between iPhone and iPad using the traditional methods. By “traditional”, we simply mean the Apple Services: iTunes and iCloud.

Sync Contacts Between iPad and iPhone with iCloud

The first thing you have to do is set up iCloud on both your iPad and the new iPhone. You need to log into the same iCloud account for this to work. After logging into your iCloud account on both devices, follow the steps below:

Step 1: On your iPad, open Settings, click [your name] and then tap iCloud. If your iPad is running on iOS 10.2 and below: launch Settings and tap iCloud.

Step 2: Toggle on Contacts. When asked whether to Merge or Cancel, choose Merge.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 on your new iPhone. The contacts on your iPad should sync to your iPhone if you are connected to a stable internet connection.

merge icloud contact

Sync Contacts from iPad to iPhone with iTunes

To sync contacts between iPad and iPhone using iTunes, you need to create an iPad backup on iTunes and then restore the backup to your iPhone. The backup will have the iPad contacts in it and hence these will become available on your iPhone.

How to Create an iPad Backup Using iTunes

Step 1: Connect your iPad to the computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2: Click on the iPad icon on iTunes and then select Summary which should be available on the sidebar.

Step 3: Under the Manually Back Up and Restore section, choose Back Up Now. Tap Done when the backup is finished.

backup iphone to itunes

How to Restore Backup to iPhone Using iTunes

Step 1: Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to the computer. If you are connecting the new device to the computer for the first time, you will need to trust the computer. Follow onscreen instructions to do that.

Step 2: On iTunes, select the device. Click Summary and then select Restore Backup.

Step 3: Locate the iPad backup you had created earlier on. Click Restore and wait for the restoration to finish.

restore ipad from itunes backup

  • The only pro that iCloud will have is that it will keep your contacts updated across all your devices.

  • On the negative side, it requires a connection to the internet for you to be able to sync contacts between iPad and iPhone.

  • The pro that iTunes has to offer over iCloud is that it does not require internet access.

  • When using iTunes to sync contacts between iPhone and iPad, you will end up losing the current data you have on the iPhone. Restoring the iPad backup to your iPhone will overwrite everything on it.

Part 3: Sync Contacts from iPad to iPhone (Advanced with No Data Loss)

Any iOS device user would want a way he or she can use to sync contacts from iPad to iPhone without any data loss. Luckily, this is doable using a third-party tool known as FoneGeek Phone Transfer.


Only Sync Contacts from iPad to iPhone 12/11/Xs/Xs Max

After downloading FoneGeek Phone Transfer, follow the steps below to transfer the iPad contacts to your iPhone:

Step 1: Launch FoneGeek Phone Transfer on your computer and select "Phone Transfer" on the right-hand column.

phone transfer

Step 2: On the next screen, connect your iPhone and iPad, and then select that data that you would like to transfer. In our case, we will choose only contacts. However, you can also choose Messages, WeChat, and WhatsApp.

select file types

Step 3: Next, you will be allowed to transfer contacts from iPad to iPhone.

transfer data


If you have been trying to figure out a way to sync contacts from iPad to iPhone, this article should help you. Choose and use the methods that we have described here. If your goal is to avoid wasting time and losing the data you have on your iPhone, the best tool to use is FoneGeek Phone Transfer. The tool is available as a free trial version and you can use it on both your Windows PC and Mac.

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